Today I realised that I have been programming for 25 years. Quite an anniversary! Of course, it does not really feel like that long, probably because a bit more than the first half of the time was really 'just for fun', as a kid's hobby and later during University.
I also realised that right from the beginning and through all the years I have had the Open Source mindset, even though I did not learn about Free Software until much later.
I believe there are two reasons:
Right from the start I have been reading code. This was when software was distributed as BASIC listings in magazines that one would manually type into the computer. And I remember reading and modifying the dis-assembly of machine code programs, getting 'infinite lives' in games and learning the